Friday, May 24
Author and filmmaker John Waters appears at Politics and Prose Bookstore (5015 Connecticut Ave., N.W.) tonight at 7 p.m. to discuss his new book “Mr. Know-It-All.” Waters will be in conversation with Stephen Thompson. Admission is free. No reservation required. Seating is first come, first served. For details, visit politics-prose.com.
Green Lantern (1335 Green Ct., N.W.) presents Blush, a new gay dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-3 a.m. Geneva Confectionn hosts the party. Cover is $5 and includes clothes/coat check. For more information, visit greenlanterndc.com.
Birds of Prey Drag Show is at the D.C. Eagle (3701 Benning Rd., N.E.) tonight at 9:30 p.m. This show is part of D.C. Black Pride weekend. Performers will include guest drag performer Raquel Lord, recording artist Billy Winn and local queens Brooklyn Heights, Iyana Deschanel, Sasha Adams Sanchez, Alicia Love, Crystal Edge, Kedra Lattimore and Deja Diamond. Kristina Kelly hosts the event. This is an 18-and-over show. For details, visit dceagle.com.
Saturday, May 25
Indie-electronic band Passion Pit brings its “Manners 10 year Anniversary Tour” to the Anthem (901 Wharf St., S.W.) tonight at 8 p.m. The band is fronted by bisexual singer Michael Angelakos. The tour celebrates the 10 year anniversary of their debut studio album,“Manners.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $40-119. For more details, visit theanthemdc.com.
Avalon Saturdays presents Battle of the DJs: Madscience vs. Wess at Soundcheck (1420 K St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-4 a.m. Drag show is from 10:30-11:30 p.m. There will be a Jameson and Tito’s open bar from 11 p.m.-midnight. General admission tickets are $15. VIP tickets are $20 and include express entry and access to private VIP lounge with bar and bartender. For more information, visit dougiemeyerpresents.com.
Qwerty, an LGBT dance party, is at Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) tonight from 10 p.m.-2:45 a.m. DJ Adam Koussari-Amin, DJ Dvonne and DJ Jeff Prior will spin hard-pop, queer-step, disco and more. Ruth Allen Ginsburg will give a performance. No cover. For more details, visit facebook.com/ctrldc.
Desiree Dik hosts Oddball at Slash Run (201 Upshur St., N.W.) tonight from 11:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Drag performers include Miss Buffy Wilde, Squealia, Cake and Blasfemme. Cover is $5. For more information, visit facebook.com/slashrun.
Sunday, May 26
Flash (645 Florida Ave., N.W.) hosts Flashy Memorial Day Weekend, a dance party, tonight from 10 p.m.-5 a.m. DJ Twin and DJ Sean Morris will play music on the main floor until 5 a.m. DJ Saint will spin tracks on the roof deck. Extended bar runs until 4 a.m. Cover is $20. For more information, visit facebook.com/flashydc.
Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts Church, a Memorial Day Weekend party, tonight from 9 p.m.-1:45 a.m. Geneva Confectionn, Jaxknife Complex and Pussy Noir will co-host and perform. Rev. Jesse Jackson and Wess the DJ will spin tracks. For more details, visit facebook.com/tradebardc.
Monday, May 27
Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts PrideTease, a day party hosted by Vernon A. Wall and Aaron Riggins, today from 2-7 p.m. DJs will play music from Capital Pride’s headliners and there will also be an opportunity to win prizes and Pride packages. There will also be popsicles and a surprise performance. For more details, visit facebook.com/tradebardc.
Tuesday, May 28
The D.C. Center (2000 14th St., N.W.) hosts genderqueer D.C., a support group for people who identify outside of the gender binary, tonight at 7 p.m. For more information, visit genderqueerdc.org.
Wednesday, May 29
Gay Women of Rehoboth take a bus trip to the Newseum today from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The bus leaves CAMP Rehoboth (37 Baltimore Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) at 8 a.m. and will head to the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.). The group will visit the “Rise Up” exhibit. The rest of the day is free to explore D.C. The bus departs at 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 and include round-trip transportation, driver tip and admission to the Newseum. For details, visit camprehoboth.com.
The Lambda Bridge Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Dignity Center (721 8th St., S.E.) for duplicate bridge. No reservations required and new comers welcome. If you need a partner, call 703-407-6540.
Thursday, May 30
Trade (1410 14th St., N.W.) hosts a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 11 viewing party tonight from 9-10:30 p.m. Jaxknife Complex hosts the party. There will be games and free drinks throughout the episode. Wess the DJ will spin tracks after the episode. Extended happy hour is until 10 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/tradebardc.
Venus Valhalla hosts Thirst Trap Thursdays at Pitchers D.C. (2317 18th St., N.W.) tonight at 11 p.m. Local drag talent will perform. For details, visit facebook.com/pitchersdc.
The National LGBTQ Task Force and NQAPIA (National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance) host the inaugural reception Heritage and Pride: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ API Communities to celebrate queer and transgender Asian Pacific Islanders. There will be light programming, hors d’oeuvres and drinks. For more information, visit thedccenter.org.
Friday, May 31
Alliance Française de Washington D.C. (2142 Wyoming Ave., N.W.) hosts Tristan Cabello, assistant director of the master of liberal arts at Johns Hopkins University Tristan Cabello to discuss “Gay Paris: A Short History of Gay Rights in France” tonight from 7-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served after the Q&A. Tickets are $10 for AFDC members and $15 for non-members. For more information, search “A Short History of Gay Rights in France, talk by Tristan Cabello” on Eventbrite.